WEHSSC and Stettler Outreach School

November Newsletter

Principal Message

It is hard to believe that we are two months into the school year now and that November is upon us. It is clear in the school that everyone is settling into the reality of our school year and the routines and structures have become second nature. I would like to commend our students here at Wm. E. Hay and at Stettler Outreach School for adjusting to the new procedures and for being so incredibly respectful of staff and each other.

With the number of items communicated to you upon our re-entry, we did not properly recognize the amazing new members of our staff. This year, we are excited to welcome Mr. Gord Larose to WEHSSC as our new Fabrications teacher and Mrs. Cindy Zimmermann as our new Home Ec. and Fashions teacher. Both Mr. Larose and Mrs. Zimmermann have been working hard to build their courses and offer quality learning experiences to students. On behalf of our school community, welcome!

I would also like to welcome Miss Morgan VanDusen to our staff at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. Morgan is completing her practicum in Math, Physics and Science classrooms in our school through the University of Alberta and has already volunteered her time to help our athletic programs. Welcome Morgan!

While we could not welcome parents into our school for our annual Open House, we have created a Virtual Open House for you to be able to put staff names to faces, hear about programs and tour our building. Please click the link above if you haven't had a chance to check out this virtual, interactive tour through Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.

We have recently opened up the ability for classes to go on field trips within our community. This means that our Hockey Academy students will soon be heading to the Arena and our Phys. Ed classes will be heading out to various venues to engage in different activities. Our Finance class is learning about household budgets with a grocery shopping/price checking trip to the local grocery stores and our Sr. Construction class will be visiting Metalex to learn about engineering metal buildings.

I continue to encourage you to be reaching out to your child's teachers to stay in partnership with them through this complex year. When students are out of the building, they can still stay engaged, up to date and in the loop through their teacher's Google Classrooms. Each teacher has a google classroom which is kept up to date so students who are missing do not fall behind.

As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,

Mrs. Shepherd


Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus

Stettler Outreach School

Report a student absence by calling our attendance line at 403-742-3476

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Remembrance Day Ceremony

Our annual Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at 10:30am on Tuesday, November 10th in collaboration with the Stettler Elementary School, Stettler Legion Branch and our RCMP partners. The ceremony will be live streamed to all classrooms throughout WEHSSC and SES.

To show our solidarity and honour our veterans and soldiers, each TA class will be creating and laying a wreath at the cenotaph in Memorial Park following the ceremony.

Our Cafeteria, the Wildcat Canteen, is up and running!

Students are all welcome to come down and enjoy freshly made wraps, specials of the day like Beef on a Bun, hamburgers and Taco in a Bag, fresh fruits and vegetable packs and so much more! All restaurant protocols are followed for the safety of all.

How to connect with the school

Parent partnerships are key to healthy and successful students. If you have any questions about programming, supports, or your child's learning in general, their Teacher Advisor is always the best first contact. Return to school for our students has not been easy, but they are resilient, especially when surrounded by a community of caring adults. If your child is struggling, reach out to their classroom teachers or their Teacher Advisor. Email addresses are on our school website or you can call 403 742 3466.

Parent Teacher Interviews will take place over phone or Google Meet this year. During the week of November 16-20th, parents will receive a Google Form to fill out requesting the interviews you would like to participate in, with which teachers. The following week, parents who have requested interviews will be receiving phone calls from teachers to discuss student learning. Stay tuned for more information!

School Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 3rd we will have a virtual School Council Meeting. A link will be sent out prior to the meeting with instructions of how to join.

Our President, Chair, Vice Chair for Sr. High, Vice Chair for Jr. High and Vice Chair for the Outreach and Secretary/Treasurer positions are up for election this year. If you are interested in any of these positions, please submit your name via email to Rhonda Maginn at rmaginn@telusplanet.net. All names will be added to the list and elections will take place at our November 3rd meeting.

Stay Up To Date! Check out our School Calendar

Click here to check out our Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus School Calendar to stay up to date on what is happening in our building!

Taking Care of our Mental Health

Thoughts from Kim Allenby our Family School Liaison and resident Mental Health expert.

Mental Health During Covid

In the face of the current pandemic that has us focussing predominately on our physical health and safety, I worry that our mental health will sometimes get overshadowed. But now more than ever it is important to prioritize and take care of our individual and collective mental health and well-being. Given our current reality, increased rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns need to be considered.

Mental health can be a difficult topic to begin a conversation about, especially if you or someone you know is struggling. However I think these are crucial conversations to be having in our schools, within the broader community and around our dinner tables. And it is important to make your, and your family’s wellbeing a priority.

Some mental health tips:

- Talk with your family about mental health, and check in with each other regularly;

- Prioritize self care (that is do the things that maintain your wellbeing);

- Advocate for your needs.

Mental Health Resources:

- Connect with your school to speak with your Family School Liaison; or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @wildcats_fsl for suggestions and strategies;

- Stettler Addiction & Mental Health Clinic, 403-743-2000;

- Kids Help Phone call 1-800-668-6868 or text ‘CONNECT’ to 686868 to talk to a crisis counsellor or visit https://kidshelpphone.ca/call

- Youth Mental Health Canada https://ymhc.ngo/resources/ymh-stats/

TA Food Bank Drive

What started as an assignment for the Wm. E. Hay Student Portfolios, turned into an opportunity to help the Stettler Food Bank in the month of October.

Mrs. Kneeland-Teasdale’s Grade 10 Teacher Advisor class was tasked with coming up with COVID friendly ways to achieve the Volunteer and Community involvement section of their high school portfolios. In years past, Students have helped with the IODE sale, the community gardens, and walks/runs for different organizations. With the restrictions on public gatherings these activities were no longer an option. After considerable brain storming the students came up with the idea to have the entire school compete in their TA classes to bring in the highest amount they could to donate to the foodbank. Kneeland-Teasdale’s Grade 10 students delivered boxes to each TA classroom and posted posters around the school. On Oct. 29th the donations were collected and taken to the United Church where the food bank is located. The winning class is receiving individual sized pizzas donated by Boston Pizza Stettler for their treat on Oct. 30th/2020.

Special thanks to Boston Pizza Stettler, Barbara-lynn Goodwin for tracking and transport, and to all of the families that donated food or funds to this activity!

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Important New Updates to the Daily Checklist for COVID Symptoms from AHS

A New Daily Checklist for Children under 18 (and High School Students over 18)

  • A new Alberta Health daily checklist for children under 18 will be released and will apply to Albertans under 18. This also applies to individuals who are 18 and over and are attending high school.
  • All other Albertans who are 18 and over, including school staff, will continue to use the Alberta Health daily checklist that was previously posted online.
  • Both checklists are available here.

Changes for Children under 18 (and High School Students over 18)

  • Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18.
  • The core isolation symptoms for children are now one (or more) of the following: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath. If a child has any of these core symptoms, they are to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel better before they return to school or other activities.
  • If a child has one of the following symptoms: chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigue; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; or conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
    • If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, they can return to school/activities when they feel well enough to attend. Testing is not recommended.
    • If the symptom worsens after 24 hours, or if additional symptoms emerge, or if the child has any two symptoms from this second list, they are to continue to stay home, and testing is recommended but not required. The child can return to activities and school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.

Students' Union Update by Elisa Collard

We welcomed the students back to school with a Spirit Week. During that week, we created a Kahoot of fun facts about the teachers, as well as Family Feud style game for each TA to participate in. We also arranged multiple spirit days: Meme Day and Pyjama Day! We also handed out cookies at the end of the week for everyone, so a huge thank you is in order to Sobeys for taking on our large order for our student body. After our successful week, we started planning for Halloween festivities. This past week we have had a jar of candy at each entrance for each of the students to guess how much is inside of the jar! It only cost 25 cents to guess, and we will be picking the winner on the Friday before Halloween, and they win the jar of candy as well as a cafeteria pass for a free meal. The Students Union will also be handing out miniature chocolate bars to students who dress up for Halloween!

That’s all the news we have for you all right now, but make sure to look out for future updates! Also make sure to follow our instagram @wmehay_su to stay updated on our current events. Thank you for reading, and we hope everyone has had a great start to the school year!

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Athletics at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus

We are pleased to be able to offer an athletic program this year, though in a very different format than in years' past. No matter what it looks like, it's great to get back in the gym.

We are thrilled to have been able to start volleyball this month! We have over 100 students practicing and preparing to play! Thanks to our community and staff volunteers who help make our volleyball program possible - Erin Eggleston, Erin Prehn, Nicholas Schmidt, Sheri Morbeck, Leila and Jamie Ternes, our student teacher, Morgan Van Dusen, and staff member, Mrs. Burkard. We are hoping to be able play some games next week!

Archery will get under way starting Nov. 9th with a large number of students signed up. Thanks to Mrs. Heatherington and her crew for taking this on again.

Nockbuster Archery

The first Archery practice is November 9th from 3:15 to 5:30 for our Junior High team.(Grades 7 and 8). This is a very important practice as it is a training day for new archers as well as a day to go over protocols on how we will be running our season. There will also be a newsletter going home this day. Regular practices will be Mondays and Friday 3:15 to 4:30pm. If come February we can still not compete in person we will still be able to compete virtually.

High School Archers,(Grades 9 to 12) will begin on Monday November 16th from 4:30 to 5:30. Regular practices will be Mondays and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30. There will be a newsletter going home on the first day. If you would like to keep up on Nockbuster news please feel free to also join our Facebook page under Stettler Nockbusters. Any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Heatherington (Head Coach) through the school at 403 742-3466. We are looking forward to a great season!

Wm. E. Hay Athletic Board

The Wm E Hay Athletic Board is looking for parents to join. The board of directors meet a couple times a year but mostly vote online. To find out more details please join our very fun group for a meeting at 5pm on November 5th.

What's new at the Stettler Outreach School

Staff at the Outreach school have some awesome new additions! Welcome Mrs Myranda Shepherd as our new principal and Mr Eric Rahn as our junior high school teacher. Welcome back Mrs. Fankhanel! We are glad to have you back in the building as well!

The rest of our staff is as follows: Mrs. Amanda Hawkins - Social /English teacher full time at Outreach, Mr. Darren Fleischhacker - Math /Science teacher, Mrs. Krissy Jack, our lovely Educational Assistant, and Ms. Melissa Dietrich the Admin Assistant.

Heartland Youth Center has generously offered another course for our students. It is a 3 credit course all about healthy relationships. HYC will be offering this course every Wednesday morning to our students. Thank you HYC!

Mrs. Jack started a "grateful pumpkin" in October. Everyday she asks the students and staff what they are grateful for. Look for the picture of this cool idea. It turned out amazing!

We have started our arts and crafts projects this semester. Some of our projects include:

Straw bottle scarecrows

Monster cans - Halloween

Monster rice sock and gloves

Circle art

Leaf art

Introducing the cast of WEHSSC's "Little Women"

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To have an item added to our newsletter, please email llavallee@clearview.ab.ca or mshepherd@clearview.ab.ca